On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an ordinance requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the state from 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. Additionally, all drayage trucks moving containers in locations like the Port of Los Angeles must be emission-free by that date, as will all-terrain vehicles and equipment. Medium and heavy-duty vehicles will have to make an additional decade, but by 2045 those internal combustion engines will also have to fall.
Although this is the first such ICE ban in the US, Governor Newsom is following in the footsteps of policy makers in Europe, China and elsewhere. In 2016, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City announced bans on new diesel vehicles from 2025. In the same year, the German Federal Council voted to ban new ICE vehicles from 2030, although this was not a binding decision.
The following year, France announced that new ICE vehicles would be banned from 2040. Britain also chose 2040 as the end of new gasoline and diesel vehicles within its borders, a schedule that was brought forward by five years to 2035 in February last Monday it was brought forward by another five years to 2030. And China also exhibits vehicles with internal combustion, albeit for a longer period of time.
We should note that the California ban applies only to new gasoline or diesel powered vehicles sold in the state after it becomes effective. Cars and trucks that are already on the road and were registered before 2035 will remain registered for road traffic.
"This is the most powerful step our state can take to combat climate change," said Governor Newsom. "For too many decades we've allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars cause asthma to our children. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and get more days filled." with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels, which threatens our cherished beaches and coastlines. "